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Volkswagen Media Release- New Zealand

Volkswagen Media Release- New Zealand

October 5, 2015

Volkswagen NZ confirms 6% of the 75,000 Volkswagens on NZ roads are affected by emissions software discrepancy

Volkswagen AG in Germany has confirmed the total number of New Zealand diesel vehicles affected by the emissions software issue to date is 4,639.

This software in question causes discrepancies in the values for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) during emission testing in 4 cylinder 2.0 & 1.6 TDI diesel engines, (engine code name Type EA 189).

These engines are found in the following 4 cylinder TDI diesel Volkswagens:

Volkswagen ModelUnits
2009-15 Tiguan 2.0 TDi1411
2009-15 Passat (B7)

- Excludes new Passat B8 launched in May 2015

2009-13 Golf 1.6 TDi & 2.0TDI

- Excludes new Golf 7, launched February 2013

2011-15 Caddy 1.6 TDi312
2011 Polo 1.6 TDi2
2013 Sharan 2.0 TDi2
2011 Touran 2.0 TDi 1
2011-2012 Amarok 2.0 TDi 90kw & 120kw

- Excludes current Amarok 132KW TDI

TOTAL units4,639

The operation of an affected vehicle is not impaired and can be used as usual without restrictions. Volkswagen NZ is in the process of contacting affected customers and informing them of the next steps. A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) look-up is also available for customers on the Volkswagen NZ website:

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Volkswagen AG in Germany is working as quickly as possible to find a technical solution and once that is known, customers will be informed of the action plan to remedy their vehicles.

“While Volkswagen New Zealand did not know about the software discrepancy, we would like to apologise for what has happened. We value the trust our customers place in us and we will be in contact with them as soon as a solution is identified,” commented Tom Ruddenklau, General Manager, Volkswagen New Zealand.

Further updates will be released as the company works through the issue.


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